The Gospel Reminder for The Lord of Hosts Leaves Some Alive: Isaiah 1:9
“The Lord of Hosts”, as one of God’s names, reminds me that I am no longer God’s enemy. Why am I no longer God’s enemy? I am no longer God’s enemy because of my faith in his son, Jesus Christ, and what Jesus did for me on the cross. My faith has justified me before God. Not only do I get to have Jesus take my sins upon himself, but through faith, I also get to have Jesus’ righteousness as my own.
When I stand – one day – before Jesus seated on his judgment seat (Rom. 14:10, 2 Cor. 5:10) – I will stand there as one who – by God’s amazing grace – has the righteousness of Jesus himself accredited to my account. In this moment – only made possible by our Trinitarian God’s work in saving me – I get to stand there as one whose Savior is also the Judge. What amazing grace indeed!!
The gospel reminds me that “The Lord of Hosts” is also the judge who – seated on his bema – will reward believers for the work that they have done (1 Cor. 3:12-15). The gospel reminds me that “The Lord of Hosts” – the commander of heaven’s armies – can bring them to bear against his enemies, and also on behalf of his people.
9 If the Lord of hosts
had not left us a few survivors,
we should have been like Sodom,
and become like Gomorrah.
Rather than complete destruction, the Lord left a few people living.
Though Judah was sinful from the tops of their heads to the soles of their feet, and from the deepest part of their inner beings, “the Lord of hosts” left some of them alive.
Don’t let it breeze past you: it was “the Lord of hosts” who left survivors. This means it was not their own:
- ingenuity, or prudence, to be able to plan ahead and thus withstand God’s judgment;
- well-purchased and planned provisions and defenses that allowed them to hold-out against God’s wrath.
Neither was their survival attributed to their own:
- love for God that earned them a place of protection;
- desire to worship God, according to his law and commands, that afforded them refuge from his anger against their sin.
The only one to whom “a few survivors” can be attributed is the “the Lord of hosts”. The One who commands angel armies for the purpose of judging sinners, is also the One who – for his own will and purpose – leaves some of Judah alive.
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The Gospel Reminder for Sin Affects All Parts: Isaiah 1:6-8
Though my condition – in my sinful nature – was completely desperate, God chose me as his own possession, according to the riches of his mercy.
The Gospel reminds me that I am made whole through the reconciling power of Christ’s blood. It is not a spouse who makes me whole. It is not a therapist or a certain type of behavior modification that brings healing into my life. It is not the persistence, even, of my own faith, and it is not up to how badly I want it.
The power of the Gospel reminds me that it is faith that brings me what I need. The power of the Gospel itself is seen in how much is done for me in exchange for seemingly so little. I can’t pay God enough for it in the first place, nor could I ever pay him back for it after the fact.
The Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:5 – Why do you want to be destroyed?
The Gospel reminds me that while I was hell-bent on my own destruction, lost in sin, and wise in my own eyes, God loved me.
As someone who is now a believer in Jesus, the Gospel reminds me that there was a time when that was not the case.
When I was on my way to being “struck down” …
When I was continuing “to rebel”…
When my “whole head [was] sick” and my “whole heart faint”, Christ Jesus died to reconcile me to my Heavenly Father.
Not of my own will or the will of any other man, but because God had mercy on me. Praise God!
It makes no sense.
It’s not in your own self-interest.
So why do you persist in sin? Why do I?
It’s because we are sick. Twisted. Corrupt. Our nature is bent towards self and away from God.
Graciously, however, there is a Great Physician who came to call sinners to repentance. Praise God, you who are bent towards yourself. Your salvation is on the way. His name is Jesus Christ.
“Why will you be struck down?
Why will you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.”
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